Lenovo launches entry-level ‘VR ready’ ThinkStation P320 workstation

Published 26 March 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, workstation, nvidia quadro, vr, virtalis, lenovo thinkstation

ThinkStation P320 Tower (left) and SFF (right) pictured with Virtalis VR4CAD software

At DEVELOP3D LIVE 2017 today Lenovo launched a new professional VR-ready workstation, the ThinkStation P320, which is designed for 3D CAD and entry-level VR - both part and assembly modelling.

The full-size tower comes with a choice of ‘Kaby Lake’ Intel Xeon E3-1200 v6 processors or 7th generation Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, including the Intel Core i7-7700K, which offers speeds of up to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost.

For graphics, the ThinkStation P320 gets its ‘VR Ready’ credentials when configured with the Nvidia Quadro P4000 (8GB). For pure 3D CAD there are other options including the Quadro P2000.

Virtalis, a specialist in VR and advanced visualization, and developer of the entry-level VR software tool VR4CAD, is already benefiting from the new machine.

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NEWS: Fujitsu shrinks down VR workstations with new desktop and mobile models

Published 22 March 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, vr, mobile workstation, fujitsu celsius, fujitsu

The compact ‘VR Ready’ CELSIUS W570power+

Fujitsu has unveiled two new ‘VR Ready’ workstations powered by Nvidia Quadro P Series professional graphics cards - the CELSIUS W570power+, which Fujitsu says is the industry’s smallest VR capable desktop workstation, and the CELSIUS H970, a 17-inch mobile workstation.

The CELSIUS W570power+ is a special edition model of a new 21 litre microtower desktop workstation. The machine is 180 x 304 x 375 mm in size, 12kg in weight and has a built-in handle at the front, making it easy to move between design office and board room for VR presentations or design / review.

The desktop workstation is 30 percent smaller than its predecessor but is still highly expandable, featuring up to three NVMe PCIe M.2 modules and seven drives in total. 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives can be swapped out easily using Fujitsu’s hallmark easy rails.

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HP sets out its vision for open source 3D printing materials on an industrial scale

Published 21 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, hp, manufacturing, materials

HP has taken another big step towards its goal of an open source materials ecosystem for 3D printing

With the launch of the industry’s first 3D printing Material Development Kit (MDK), HP has shown its drive to accelerate testing and certification of innovative new materials from its partners.

An ‘App Store’ ecosystem is envisaged, with HP marshalling the materials of the future from suppliers - such as BASF and Evonik - already working with the manufacturing industry today to produce end part products.

Expanding the development and lowering the cost of advanced 3D printing materials and applications is viewed as the critical catalyst for the “digital reinvention of the global manufacturing industry”, and given the potential for 3D printing to grown into this market, HP is driving the charge for materials development.

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Launch of International Women in Engineering Day

Published 21 March 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: women in engineering, nwed, inwed, women in science and engineering, women’s engineering society

For its fourth year, NWED is becoming the International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) and will take place on 23 June with the campaign theme ‘Men as Allies’.

Set up in 2014 to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) this national, now international, awareness day focuses attention on the interesting and fulfilling careers in engineering and technical roles for women, and celebrates the achievements of outstanding women engineers. 

In 2016 the day had a hugely positive impact with over 550 separate events being held on the day (including school events), not to mention it being reported in over 150 national and local newspapers and online articles in the UK and internationally. 

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3D Systems unveils Figure 4 for speedy mass production of plastic parts

Published 20 March 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d systems, mass customisation, additive manufacturing, figure 4

Figure 4 is a fully automated, high-volume 16-print engine production solution

3D Systems has announced Figure 4, which it claims is the industry’s first modular, scalable and fully-integrated additive manufacturing platform that is capable of producing plastic parts more than 50 times faster than current systems.

Based on its Figure 4 technology, the company’s new platform allows customers to tailor configurations and select materials to address specific applications.

Configurations can range from single-print engine machines to high-volume production systems with 16 or more print engines, automated material delivery and integrated post-processing.

“We believe our breakthrough Figure 4 platform will revolutionise manufacturing by transforming production of both mass customised and complex end use parts with a compelling total cost of operations versus conventional methods,” said Vyomesh Joshi (VJ), president and CEO, 3D Systems.

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Entry level version of metals 3D printer MetalFAB1 can be upgraded with modular design

Published 15 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, metals, metalfab1

Designed as a development machine, the MetalFAB1 entry level option can be used for development materials

Additive Industries has presented a ‘competitive’ entry level model of its MetalFAB1 model for metals 3D printing, developed specifically for process and application development and prototyping.

Combining a 420 x 420 x 400mm symmetrical build chamber in a compact footprint, the modular architecture, typical of the MetalFAB1 system family, allows for upgrading to a full size MetalFAB1 system later.

The aim of the machine is for existing users of the MetalFAB1 machines to be able to use the new system to develop the build strategies and process settings for new materials and applications before transferring these to their larger industrial MetalFAB1 systems for series production.

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Spatial announces 3D Precise Mesh to improve the CAD to solver process for analysis and simulation

Published 14 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, cad, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, spatial

Spatial has incorporated this lightweight meshing component into 3D Precise Mesh

Dassault Systèmes subsidiary Spatial has added 3D mesh technology from Distene S.A.S. into its 3D modeling software development toolkits as it aims to improve processes for analysis and simulation solutions.

3D Precise Mesh bids to automate the process, while improving the overall quality of the resulting generative design.

“We were looking for a lightweight meshing component to be used in all our finite-element-solvers and decided on components from Distene,” said Dassault Systèmes’ Oleg Skipa. “Their Tetrahedral meshing technology represents the de facto industry standard.”

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